Critiquing Quantitative and Qualitative Studies: Family Caregivers

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Research initiatives can be critiqued and analyzed utilizing different reviewing approaches. This assignment is intended to demonstrate that both information and knowledge that are obtained from qualitative as well as quantitative studies. Both studies approach similar topics of interest from different angles, but both provide valuable information for evidence-based practice. The quantitative and qualitative studies I chose to critique are “Coping and Subjective Burden in Caregivers of Older Relatives”(Casado, Osuna, Palomino-Moral, & Pancorbo-Hidalgo, 2011) and “Essential Knowledge for Family Caregivers”(Angelo, Egan, & Reid, 2013) respectively. Critique of a Quantitative Research Design In the quantitative research article I reviewed, “Coping and Subjective Burden in Caregivers of Older Relatives”(Casado, Osuna, Palomino-Moral, & Pancorbo-Hidalgo, 2011), the purpose of the study was to review the effects of coping strategies on subjective burden affecting informal caregivers of older adults. Researchers conducted a quantitative, systematic review from existing research that included original studies pertaining to the topic. Ten studies were found that were considered valuable sources for the review. Caring for elderly relatives presents negative effects on a caregivers’ health, and subjective burden is an effect that often leads to anxiety and/or depression. Prevention or minimization of subjective burden will therefore prevent or possibly minimize these effects. In order to prevent subjective burden, understanding the causative factors will promote a positive outcome and success of this study. Although literature review references were numerous and current, they show tha... ... middle of paper ... ...studies need to be conducted with increased randomization or greater focus on different groups within this population. References Angelo, J. K., Egan, R., & Reid, K. (2013). Essential knowledge for family caregivers: a qualitative study. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 19, 383-388. Retrieved from http://www.waldenu.edu Casado, R. D., Osuna, A. F., Palomino-Moral, P. A., & Pancorbo-Hidalgo, P. L. (2011, March 19). Coping and subjective burden in caregivers of older relatives: a quantitative systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2311-2322. Retrieved from http://www.waldenu.edu Handcock, B. (2002). Trent focus for research and development in primary health care: An introduction to qualitative research. Trent Focus Group, 1-31. Retrieved from http://faculty.cbu.ca/pmacintyre/course_pages/MBA603/MBA603_files/IntroQualitativeResearch.pdf

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